Classic Celebrations

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Memorable Memorial Day

Photo Courtesy of Crowning Details
With Memorial Day just around the corner, the unofficial start of summer will begin. The holiday, which remembers those who have served, is often celebrated with backyard BBQ’s, and old fashioned fun and games. 
The décor here, while simple, reflects a tasteful approach to red, white and blue through buckets, wooden crates and stars.


Summer on a Stick

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Bousel
Celebrations to kick off summer mean food served on a stick! But why go boring chicken and onion combos when you can spice it up? 
These bacon wrapped skewers are sure to please everyone


For the Brine:

7 cups cold water

1 1/2 cups soy sauce

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoon Kosher salt

For the Chicken:

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 pound halved bacon slices

1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch cubes

To Cook:

1 cup teriyaki sauce

Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes prior to use

Type of fire: Direct

Grill heat: medium-high


1. To make the brine: Whisk together water, soy sauce, sugar, and salt in a large bowl until solids are completely dissolved. Place chicken breast in brine and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Remove chicken from brine and pat dry with paper towels.
  1. For the Chicken: Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Wrap each piece of chicken with 1/2 a slice of bacon. Thread bacon-wrapped chicken on skewers, alternating with pineapple cubes.
  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill skewers until bacon has browned and crisped and chicken has cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side. In the last minute of cooking, brush each skewer with teriyaki sauce all over. Remove to a platter, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve immediately with remaining teriyaki sauce.
Classic Punch

Photo Courtesy of Paul Clarke
A classic celebration calls for a classic drink. 
Planter’s Punch is perfect for welcoming in summer. 
 3 ounces Coruba dark Jamaican rum (if you can’t find Coruba, substitute another dark, heavy rum)

1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, mixed until dissolved)

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

3 dashes Angostura bitters


Combine ingredients in a tall glass and fill with crushed ice. 
Swizzle with a bar spoon until a frost forms on the outside of the glass. 
The ice will settle as you do this; add more crushed ice to fill.
Garnish with a mint sprig.


Hi – Tech Messaging

Photo Courtesy of Taylor McIntyre
Messaging during an event is nothing new, but using embedded screens with changing digital messages is! These screens appeared throughout the Robin Hood benefit informing guests how their money is spent. Updates can also include money raised, announcements throughout event, updates on auctions, and more.



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